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November 20, 2007



"Why is it that when we talk to God we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us we're schizophrenic?" - Lily Tomlin

OK, so this is somewhat different from the original question that you are addressing and that may be why it has not come up - but does God speak to us today without using Scripture as the "voice"? He did not do so in the three examples - so I was wondreing what you (or other LW readers) thought about Him doing so now.

Alex Marshall

I think its possible. I think God can certainly use any venue he wants to speak to us. I think scripture is much more certain, though, and so it acts as a confirmation of any other message. God won't contradict Himself, and we are much more certain of what He says in scripture being authentic than something we might think He's saying elsewhere. So scripture acts as a good measuring rod for anything else- if it's not in line with scripture, it is probably not of God.


Thanks for this post. It makes a lot of sense to me. I understand that we must have made a commitment to obey before God will confirm the direction He wants us to take. However, I wonder if there are some times when we think we have written the blank check only to find that we didn't really have sufficient funds to cover it! Ok, that's probably not going to happen; God won't ask us to do anything He doesn't equip us for, but it sure feels like He does sometimes! This may be a bad example, but Jonah didn't want to obey what he understood to be God's voice. Had he made the commitment to obey, and then discovered that there was something he was holding back? Same thing for Abraham concerning his son Isaac. Maybe we can commit as much as we know of ourselves to obedience, but I wonder if God sometimes asks us to do things that shine light on those things that we must let go of, things that we didn't even know were hindrances to our relationship with Him. Kind of cuts to the heart with the hardest thing first, you know?, which in turn will determine the outcome for the rest of our walk with Him. Like the priests who had to step out into the Jordan before it parted, maybe we have to step out in obedience before the strength comes to carry out God's will?
Also, about the other confirmation principles, I think another issue is dealing with coincidence vs. God's hand. If I have committed everything to Him, there is no longer room for coincidence is there? I am allowed to see significance in everything that happens because I am recognizing Him as being in control of everything, right?

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